The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol, has been hit again.
Another Officer wounded and another Officer killed in the line of duty. No Identities have been released as of yet due to notification requirements. The location where the Narco ambush occurred was near Naco, Arizona, in the middle of the area known as a heavy trafficking area for Human and Narcotic smuggling. I am concerned for these fine Officers and the Officers that will take their responsibilities in the days and weeks that will follow.
The Norco’s have every bit as good technical assets that the Border Patrol has, except for our high tech aviation capabilities.
The main ability that the Narcos have, that the Border Patrol does not, is a group of stationary and mobile observers that are in that area, an area that must be negotiated on foot or by horseback. The passing of observation reports to the narcotics traffickers, not only facilitates the entrance of human and narcotic smugglers, but also the ambush of US Federal Officers. This observation ability by the Narcos is something that allows this continued savagery against our fine BP Patrol Officers.
What needs to be done immediately is a good old “sneak and peek” via aviation and/or DHS Drones that will allow us to observe, via thermal imaging, the observers for the Narcos and where they are, so we, the good guys, can plant some BORSTAR or “other assets” close to the area and “arrest” the observer. Having even more Officers in that area, “flood the zone” with as many Officers that it takes to make the area untenable for these observers. That alone will help us, the good guys, to be on a more even footing with these scum from south of the border.
I would also like to suggest that we assign some National Guard assets, light infantry comes to mind, to assist the BP in that area. This is something that the National Guard and BP would work well together. There would be no question that the National Guard units would make arrests, but only detain the observers, while protecting themselves at all times. Once a detention is done, BP Assets would be called and they can affect the arrest.
JON A. UNDERWOOD
CBPO, CBP, (RET.)